「まるで恋する乙女のような」 (Marude Koisuru Otome no Youna)
“Like a Maiden in Love”
Hands down, this week’s episode catapulted Netojuu no Susume to the top show of the season for me.
Before starting on the post, let me apologize for the late posts to come. I was out of town for the weekend and need to catch up on the plethora of shows that air on Friday and Saturday 🙁
Okay, back to the serious stuff. HOLY COW was this episode freaking fantastic. Instead of giving us the run around and prolonging things for way longer than it needed to, I’m nearly in shock that the story actually is pushing us toward a reality where Moriko and Yuuta may become a thing in real life. Up until the last few minutes, I was sitting here thinking about how awkward it would be for Moriko to fall into some awkward love triangle / square / pentagon. You have Fujimoto (Convenience Store Guy), Koiwai (Yuuta’s co-worker), Yuuta himself, and just for a little extra confusion there’s Lilac, all of whom have a pretty legitimate reason for having feelings for Moriko and would in my opinion morph this show into something completely different than what we were promised.
But instead of that, we get the bombshell moment where Sakurai Yuuta puts two and two together and realizes that he might be luckiest person in the whole god damn world. And while it doesn’t solve the whole issue that there are a ton of people who are into Moriko, I think it makes it pretty clear that Yuuta has a good chance at becoming the chose one. Honestly, the mere fact that he managed to somehow transcend anime stupidity is such a huge selling trait that I can barely contain myself. My god, the more I think about it, the more I start thinking about how long it takes for any shoujo romance to even more past square one.
Getting back on topic though, I can’t wait to see where things head in this direction. We’re only a third of the way through, but it’s become clear that there’s two distinct stories going on. Between Moriko’s real life troubles and the life she lives as Hayashi in-game, it feels like there’s almost too much going on. Tack on the possibility that some real emotional stuff might show up related to her past work experiences and you have the ingredients to make something amazing. And as if that wasn’t enough, the show doesn’t take itself too seriously and drops some awesome gamer references and tidbits that anyone can appreciate.
Man, I can’t stop gushing about this show. Seeing how it’s late though and there are more shows that need to get watched, I’ll cut things here. See you guys next week where we’ll hopefully see the fated conversation when IRL and in-game get violently smashed together.